What is a commissary and why do I need one?

A commissary is an approved, permitted commercial kitchen which an MFF shall use for storage of food and supplies, cleaning and sanitizing of utensils, sanitary disposal of garbage and liquid waste, filling of the potable water tank, cleaning and maintenance of the MFF, and any food prep that can’t be performed inside the vehicle. An MFF operator is not permitted to do any of these activities at home.

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1. What exactly is a Mobile Food Facility?
2. Can I operate my MFF wherever I want?
3. Do I have to put anything besides the name of my business on the side of my MFF?
4. What is the California Housing and Community Development, and why do I need their approval?
5. What does the Housing and Community Development insignia look like?
6. I bought my Food Truck used and I can’t find an insignia on it. How can I find out if it has passed inspection in the past?
7. My vehicle has never been issued the Housing and Community Development insignia, who do I contact to schedule an inspection?
8. What is a commissary and why do I need one?
9. What is considered limited food preparation?
10. I want to open a hot dog cart and serve brats and other specialty sausages. Can I do this?
11. Am I allowed to use my custom built BBQ in conjunction with my MFF?
12. Am I allowed to set up a pop-up tent or a table to make fresh squeezed lemonade?
13. I’ve been asked to come to the local brewery/winery on Friday evenings. Is this considered a Community Event?
14. Do I have to fill out the Restroom Verification Form?